Hi James,


It doesn’t seem to be what we’re after. The thing we’re trying to capture is changes in the way that the verse has been set in the early print witnesses and subsequently relineated by various editors.


The quarto and folio text might not be set in the same way. There are lots of cases in Shakespeare where the quarto text sets a passage as prose (say) and the folio sets it as verse. Or one splits verse lines in half (in order to use up more white space), or crams two half lines onto one line (in order to use less white space).


Subsequent editors will combine two lines or split up one line. They might decide that the line break should come in a different place. In most cases, editors are responding to the underlying metrical pattern and number of beats.


We can just use the <note> element to offer a narrative description of the changes (e.g., “Rowe breaks the line after garden”). We’ve also thought about using <app> to treat lineation alongside the collations. But it’s proving to be tricky to record the lemma and reading for relineation.


Thanks in advance to anyone who can provide examples or thoughts!






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Hi Janelle 


I think it depends what you mean by relineation. Does do what you want? 



Dr James Cummings, Academic IT Services, University of Oxford



On 24 Jul 2017 20:22, Janelle Jenstad <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Dear TEI colleagues,


I am trying to find a TEI method for recording editorial relineations of verse in Renaissance drama. Context: We are taking a corpus tagged in an idiosyncratic “SGMLvish” and converting everything to TEI. Some of the conversions are relatively simple; others are requiring a wholesale rethink of our editorial procedures.


Our predecessor project included relineations with other textual variants in a single collation file. We are using the double endpoint attachment method for collation.


I’d be very glad if someone would point us to some examples in any project. Or if we are not finding the right section of the guidelines, please point me to the right spot.


(I don’t normally post questions to this list because I have the great good fortune of working 10 feet away from Martin Holmes. But he is on holiday. Hoping the TEI hive can help out in his absence!)


With thanks,



Janelle Jenstad, Executive Director and Coordinating Platform Editor, Internet Shakespeare Editions ([log in to unmask])

Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Victoria

Director, The Map of Early Modern London

Skype:  janelle.jenstad; Cell: +1 250-858-7269; Time zone: UTC -8